Friday, August 28, 2015

3 Day Refresh - My Experience

How did I do on the 3 Day Refresh you ask?

Well, I survived. I mean it was only 3 days and I definitely didn't starve myself.  I drank a ton of water (actually a gallon) each day and ate a lot of fruits and veggies.  I also had lots of protein in my shakes. In order to give you an idea of what my lunch looked like for 2 out of the 3 days, here's a pic for ya.

That, my friends was a very filling lunch.  It consisted of a Vanilla Fresh shake (packed with all the amino acids you would get from meat and dairy proteins), 1/2 a medium apple with 1 1/2 tsp of Almond Butter, and 1 cup of sliced cucumbers.

My dinner (supper if you're from GA like I am) consisted of a veggie stir fry that I had to fight the kiddos for. Yep, they were pawing at my plate like a couple of bears digging in a dumpster.  It was that good. Red Bell Peppers, Green Beans, and Carrots cooked in EVOO with minced garlic and ginger. I enjoyed my stir fry with another Vanilla Fresh shake. I was full. I was satisfied.

I also had fresh spinach as my snack each day (2 cups). That's a lot of spinach. I mixed it with some coconut oil and some salt free lemon pepper Mrs. Dash seasoning. So there was plenty of flavor and substance to my snack. I even had to make some for the boys.  I'm so glad they love their veggies.

Each day I drank between 100 and 128 ounces of water. So basically a gallon a day.  I had to pee a lot, but I never found myself starving or craving anything that wasn't on my meal plan for the day. Now on day 3, I was very busy and a little preoccupied with household work. So I forgot to drink my water and went most of the morning on only 25 oz.  That's not my norm and it threw me for a loop.  That was the first day that I felt hungry in between meals and snacks.  But I know it was due to not drinking my water.  I did end up eating a handful (1/2 cup) of grapes to stop the hunger. Not a bad thing to grab when you're hungry. But I wouldn't have felt that way if I had been getting my water in like I normally do.

So what were my results? I'll show you. Are you ready? Ok, here goes nothing .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .

Not bad for 3 days of eating and fueling my body with nutritious ingredients and doing light to moderate exercise.  I'm impressed and my shorts were quite happy today (Day 5 - 2 days after Refreshing). They were quite snug last week, and almost require a belt to stay up this week. And here's something kind of funny. Or at least I find it to be.  On day 1, and maybe even a little on day 2, I thought to myself "Hmm, vegan really isn't that bad. I actually feel pretty good.  Maybe I'll go vegan for a little while." Insert laughter here. And here. And maybe a little over there in the corner too! My hubby decided to grill chicken on Day 2 and I really wanted that chicken. I refrained from eating it (because I have goals). But I sure did have some chicken on Day 4.  I hope you enjoyed reading about my experience. If you'd like to experience it for yourself let me know. I would love to walk you through it.  Heck, I will likely do this again in a month or so.  

~ Sincerely,
Coach Brandy :)


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